Director Allison Berg, François Keraudren / Sidney Lumet
Year 2014 / 1975
Starring John Wojtowicz / Al Pacino
Rating R
Run Time 225min
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18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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Join us for a double feature of THE DOG, an intimate portrait of the vivacious John Wojtowicz, followed by the film he inspired, DOG DAY AFTERNOON.


Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz took pride in being a pervert. His libido was excessive even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both women and men.

In August, 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex-reassignment surgery. The attempted heist resulted in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast on TV. Three years later, Pacino portrayed his character instigating the unforgettable crime on the big screen. The award-winning film had a profound influence on Wojtowicz, when he emerged from prison six years later, he became known as "The Dog."

Filmed over the course of a 10-year period by co-directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, and interweaving extraordinary archival footage on the robbery, 70's era interviews and the early gay liberation movement in which "The Dog" played an active role, the documentary captures the many sides of John Wojtowicz’s larger-than-life persona: he is, by turns lover, husband, soldier, lover, activist, New Yorker, mama's boy and bank robber.


John Cazale starred in five movies. All of them are masterpieces, and DOG DAY AFTERNOON is one of them. Based on the true story of a Brooklyn bank robbery gone wrong, Sidney Lumet’s film is one of the all-time great New York movies, one of the best examples of 70s gritty populism and one of the funniest, most tense and ultimately most heartbreaking experiences you’ll ever have in a theater.

Al Pacino plays Sonny, a harried little guy who is knocking over a bank so the love of his life - future FRIGHT NIGHT vamp Chris Sarandon - can get a sex change operation. Sonny hasn’t told his wife, who finds out when the robbery turns into a hostage standoff that lights up the evening news. Cazale is Sal, Sonny’s dimwitted partner, who’s just trying to get through it all. They’re surrounded by bank tellers (including a sparkling young Carol Kane) who fall into some serious Stockholm Syndrome while Charles Durning is gravelly greatness as the NYPD negotiator trying to bring the whole crazy situation under control as an ever-increasing crowd gathers on the street to cheer on the underdog robbers and chant “ATTICA! ATTICA!”

DOG DAY AFTERNOON is one of those perfect little movies, set almost totally in one location, filled with electric and culture-defining performances by actors who are working with one of the all-time great, witty and honest scripts. It's thrilling as energy comes pulsing through every sweaty frame; it’s one of the most wildly entertaining movies to come out of the 1970s New Hollywood revolution, and I’m not sure it’s ever quite been topped. (Devin Faraci)

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